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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 6-26-13

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Serving Pawtucket JUNE 26-JULY 2, 2013 FREE Breeze THE VALLEY GET OUT AND CELEBRATE FRESH TASTE OF SUMMER Check out our roundup of local Fourth of July activities. PAGE 14 Strawberries are ready to be picked at local farms. PAGE 11 @ valleybreeze.com "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Entrepreneur slams city officials after loan falls through Summer swim spruce up 'Microloan' program called off for at least four months By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY ELISE MANAHAN Veterans Park Pool is getting spruced up for opening day on Saturday, June 29, when it will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until July 7, at which point the pool will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday while continuing to remain open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the week. Members of the Pawtucket building maintenance crew worked on removing debris from the pool, cleaning the filters and repainting the inside of the pool last Friday. Using a roller to apply bright blue paint is building maintenance worker MIKE GIFFORD. PAWTUCKET – Everything was going great for Jeannette Garcia, as she says a fledgling city "microloan" program was all but guaranteeing her the capital she needed to get her health and wellness business off the ground within days. City officials made many promises, said Garcia, taking her through each step of a lengthy process of obtaining a $10,000 loan to invest in startup costs. That $10,000 would then be leveraged to get another $5,000 line of credit, she said, and her business would be off and running. Being able to finally show a steady income after two years without steady employment would also allow her to finally be able to remortgage on her Pawtucket home. But last week, after months of following every procedural step asked of her, said Garcia, the See LOAN, Page 6 Mayor Grebien goes around council, adds a new liaison Says Zelazo will free him up to pursue new business By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer PAWTUCKET – Mayor Don Grebien has added a second "director of constituent services and communications" position to his office without the approval of the Pawtucket City Council. He "didn't want to do it this way," said Grebien, "because he wanted to be above this perception," but he was left with no choice when its members resoundingly rejected two different proposals for new economic development positions. He "heard the council loud and clear," said the mayor, and decided he had to go in the only direction left to him. Dylan Zelazo, until now ZELAZO TFS Marketplace OPEN THE PU TO BLIC S toc k U p for Your July 4th C eleb r t on a i Happy Sliced American Cheese.........$14.25 5lbs. Hamburgers............................$32.60 40ct. Matlaw Stuffies.....................$16.15 1dz. saugy franks..........................$23.90 5lbs. Cooked Shrimp........................$19.95 2lbs. Party Wings............................$11.95 5lbs. We carry a full line of disposable plates, bowls, cups, cutlery and table covers for an easy cleanup Hours: Mon- Fri 8-4:30, Sat 8-12 • 401-431-2190 ext. 8 141 Narragansett Park Dr., East Providence, RI 02916 (behind Patriot Cinema) SEE OUR NEW WEBSITE WWW.THOMSENFOODSERVICE.COM ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. an employee of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, has worked with city officials for months on a number of proj- ects, including consolidation of IT functions between the city and School Department and the privatization of trash services. He will earn $53,200. Zelazo will join Doug Hadden, the former Times See ZELAZO, Page 13

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